The Mount Hagen Market serves as something as the commercial center of Papua New Guinea’s third-largest city, a fascinating destination where old-world traditions are buttressed against modern technologies conveniences. The market was my first real stop in PNG, and serves as a great introduction to the country and its people; I had the opportunity to learn first-hand how warm and welcoming the people of this country are (smiles are ubiquitous across PNG), and how open they are to sharing their unique customs, foods, and stories with visitors. There’s also a heck of a little coffee shop at the market that you shouldn’t miss – I’m not sure if it’s possible to purchase the 150oz mug depicted in the illustration, but it’s worth a shot.
Flash Parker traveled to Papua New Guinea courtesy of Tourism Papua New Guinea and Swain Destinations as part of AFAR’s partnership with The United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), whose members provide travelers with unparalleled access, insider knowledge, and peace-of-mind to destinations across the globe. For more info on Flash’s journey, visit the USTOA blog.